As Halloween arrives, children begin eagerly anticipating the fun
they’re going to have. That always puts a lot of pressure on parents who
want their kids to have a great time, but who also want to be sure
they’re safe. However, this year there’s an even bigger burden on
parents than in years past, because with budgets being stretched to pay
for basic necessities, there may not be a lot left over to create the
kind of Halloween festivities that the kids are used to.
In spite of these obstacles, your kids can still enjoy the holiday
without your having to declare bankruptcy. A number of national
organizations have put together Halloween freebies that you may want to
take advantage of to keep the fun going:
- Toys ‘R’ Us stores across the country are hosting special Trick ‘R’
Treat events on October 31st from 1 to 5 PM to provide children with a
safe place to celebrate. The kids are encouraged to come in costume so
they can take part in ”Geoffrey’s Costume Parade”. Geoffrey will be the
parade leader, bringing children around the store, every hour on the
hour, to receive treats from the store’s staff. Kids will also receive a
complimentary, reusable, and reflective Trick ‘R’ Treat bag. Keep in
mind that treats and treat bags are only available while supplies last.
- Inkubook is a Web site where users can turn digital photos into a
professionally printed photo book. This year, the company is offering a
promotion that allows you to create a free Halloween photo book so you
and your family and friends can share all of your favorite pictures. To
make your free Inkubook photo book:
1. Go to Inkubook.com and create a free account by October 31, 2008 to start your book.
2. Using the “Invite Friends” feature, invite someone to join Inkubook
and submit a few photos to include in your book. Inkubook will send them
a promotion code to use for a free book.
3. Finish your book and order it within 30 days of joining Inkubook, using the promotion code PMPKN31. Find more details here.
- Family Education is an online publisher of parenting
guidance, family advice, and exercises and activities for children. They
have added a number of Halloween-releated activities to their Web site.
On this page you can find printable activities, party games, and treats. On another page there is an arts and crafts project sheet, as well as costume ideas.
- Ben & Jerry’s has put together a Halloween Web site
filled with things to keep the kids busy. The coloring pages, Print
& Play puzzles, and word searches come in three levels: easy,
medium, and hard. There are also recipes, games, and crafts you can use
at your Halloween bash.
As you and your family get more and more immersed into the
holiday planning, keep one thing in mind: half the fun is sharing the
time together. So whether your kids march in the parade while you cheer
them on, or you’re making a book of treasured photos, the one thing that
your children will take with them, no matter how old they get, is that
you made all of those memories together. And what could be a better
reason than that to celebrate any holiday?